Latest News About Black Holes

A black hole is a location in space that possesses so much gravity, nothing can escape its pull, even light. Learn more about what black holes are and the latest news.
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Europe Targets Black Holes with Next Big Space Mission
Artist's Impression of an Active Galaxy
July 7th, 2014
The European Space Agency has selected the Athena X-ray observatory as its second "large-class" science mission. Athena — which will cost about 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion at current exchange rates) — is scheduled to blast off in 2028.
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Supermassive Black Holes Are Not Doughnuts
Clumping Behavior of Galaxies
May 27th, 2014
The "torus model" may be woefully inadequate when explaining what is actually going on.
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Found! Trio of Huge Black Holes in Distant Galaxy's Core
Black Holes Emitting Wavy and Linear Jets
June 25th, 2014
Scientists have just discovered a distant galaxy with a trio of supermassive black holes at its core. The new finding suggests tight-knit groups of these giant black holes are far more common than previously thought.
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Spectacular 'Whirlpool Galaxy' Swirls into Space Telescope's View (Video)
The Chandra X-ray telescope captured this stunning view of the Whirlpool Galaxy.
June 15th, 2014
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured this new image of the galaxy Messier 51 using X-rays.
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Mysterious 'Magnetar' Likely Had a Star Companion (Video, Photos)
Magnetar in Star Cluster Westerlund 1
May 14th, 2014
A single "runaway" star in a distant star cluster could explain how a massive supernova avoided collapsing into a black hole, leaving behind a remnant object instead.
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Do Gravitational Waves Cause Tiny Earthquakes?
3D visualization of gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes.
May 7th, 2014
The Earth and moon can serve as giant detectors for ripples in the fabric of space-time known as gravitational waves, which are given off by stars, black holes and other massive objects in deep space, researchers say.
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Just One Type of Blazar? How Jet-Spewing Galaxies Evolve Over Time
Artist's Conception of a Blazar
June 17th, 2014
The two different classes of jet-spewing active galaxies called blazars may, in fact, be a single hybrid type that evolves over time, according to new research.
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Watch 2 Neutron Stars Merge and Form Black Hole (Video)
Merger of Two Neutron Stars
May 13th, 2014
An amazing new NASA video shows two super-dense neutron stars tearing each other apart in a cataclysmic cosmic merger that ultimately forms a black hole.
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